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Greek Defense Ministry reacts to military threats from NATO ally

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Greek Defense Ministry reacts to military threats from NATO ally

In Athens, they called the words about the threat of war, sounding from Ankara, unsuitable for a NATO ally. This was stated by the head of the Greek defense department Nicholas Panagiotopoulos. According to him, Turkey's threats are more like provocative revisionism than the behavior of an ally in the North Atlantic alliance.


These words of the Greek Defense Minister were a response to yesterday's speech by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who made direct threats against Greece, speaking of Athens' desire to expand its coastal zone in the Aegean Sea. Cavusoglu said that the Greek media are circulating information about the upcoming expansion of the maritime zone around the island of Crete by 12 nautical miles, but Ankara will not allow to increase the territorial waters of Greece in the Aegean Sea even by a mile. In addition, the Turkish Foreign Minister made it clear that any expansion of the territorial waters of Greece will be perceived in Ankara as a casus belli (cause for war).

In Athens, they believe that they have a legal right to expand their territorial waters, while Ankara does not behave like an ally. Panayiotopoulos noted that Greece does not threaten anyone, but also does not want anyone to threaten it.

Turkey's position can be understood, since almost all the islands of the Aegean Sea became part of Greece after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and the territorial waters of Greece are already located not far from the coast of Asia Minor. Ankara fears that the policy of expanding the boundaries of these waters will generally block Turkey's access to the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, Greece would hardly have started talking about plans for such an expansion without consultations from the United States. It is quite possible that it is Washington that is pushing Athens to such a move in the Aegean.
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  1. Murmur 55
    Murmur 55 30 December 2022 09: 37
    +10
    The more such conflicts within NATO, the better, for good it would be necessary for them to throw some firewood and add gasoline, but ours either do not want or cannot.
    1. Pharmacist
      Pharmacist 30 December 2022 09: 48
      +1
      I think they can, but they don't want to. We are kind, for all the good against all the bad. How can we pit our Orthodox brothers against our friend Erdogan, who graciously does not impose sanctions?
      "Shurik, this is not our method!" laughing
    2. novel66
      novel66 30 December 2022 09: 52
      +1
      And the meaning is that the Greeks are weak against the Turks, they can still rise, but if anything, they will surrender immediately
  2. Uprun
    Uprun 30 December 2022 09: 40
    +3
    The S-300 campaign, at the behest of the regional committee, was leaked to the outskirts, now there is no air defense ....., so they whine ..., and the Patricks will have to wait a long time. If something happens, they understand, there will be nothing but words of concern from the striped ones ...., they will sip in one sting against the Turks.
    1. Murmur 55
      Murmur 55 30 December 2022 09: 47
      +1
      Uprun hi, and Turkey is getting into the TASTE more and more, they piled on Armenia with Azerbaijan and they are twisting Sweden and Finland, E.S. milks with refugees, and it’s the Sultan’s dream to bite off a piece from Greece.
    2. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 30 December 2022 13: 12
      0
      Quote from uprun
      Campaign S-300, at the behest of the regional committee, was merged to the outskirts, now there is no air defense

      We were going, but it seems like they slowed down.
      The supply agreement does not provide for the transfer to other countries, and here the Turks "inopportunely" got excited, so the Greeks were imbued with the fact that in the event of a slaughter, they would draw a gap in their air defense.
  3. Fizik13
    Fizik13 30 December 2022 09: 47
    0
    It seems that one family IS NATO, but they squabble among themselves like a cat with a dog. Hey Sleepy Joe wake up, give them a broom.
    1. Kuzyakin15
      Kuzyakin15 30 December 2022 10: 24
      +1
      Fizik13:
      Yes, let Joe sleep longer, it’s better for us if everyone in Nats and Europe, united, fight and spit among themselves. There will be no profit for us from the fact that there will be peace and friendship in NATO and Europe.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 30 December 2022 10: 37
      0
      Quote from Fizik13
      one family IS NATO, but they squabble among themselves like a cat with a dog. Hey Sleepy Joe wake up, give them a broom.

      Joe woke up, and with his permission, a conflict is brewing between Turkey and Greece - "Divide and Conquer!"
  4. Alexandr2637
    Alexandr2637 30 December 2022 10: 20
    +1
    and Ankara does not behave like an ally.

    Yes Yes! And she also called Greece an earthworm! laughing
  5. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 30 December 2022 10: 34
    +1
    At the same time, Greece would hardly have started talking about plans for such an expansion without consultations from the United States. It is quite possible that it is Washington that is pushing Athens to such a move in the Aegean.


    It is clear that Washington gave "the go-ahead" to Athens to expand the military. As always, the Yankees push countries "foreheads", even if they are NATO allies. The picture is also with Poland, when the states also gave the green light to the expansion of the territory, at the expense of Western Ukraine.
  6. Luminman
    Luminman 30 December 2022 11: 16
    0
    There would be more such allies in NATO ...
  7. Zik256x
    Zik256x 30 December 2022 13: 00
    +1
    Quote from Pharmacist
    How can we pit our Orthodox brothers against our friend Erdogan


    Having such "brothers" and enemies is not necessary.
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  9. HattinGokbori88
    HattinGokbori88 30 December 2022 20: 31
    0
    The Turks are coming
    Armenia and Greece: “You Russians are our brothers. We are the same nation with a different name. Look at our cross, doesn't it look like yours?"

    Turks can't come
    Armenia and Greece: “Brother who? Why do we want to be brother with you poor thugs? We are brothers with the strongest USA and the richest Europe. And we will do everything to help them against you.”